Providing information to people with disabilities about how earnings from work affect their Social Security and other public benefits
What is Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)?
WIPA is a step by step process to assist people with disabilities, receiving benefits from Social Security, with understanding how employment will affect their Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and other benefits they may receive. WIPA also helps beneficiaries to understand how they can increase their financial independence.


Who is eligible?
To be eligible to receive WIPA services you must be:

receiving benefits from Social Security based on a disability (SSDI or SSI),
at least 14 years old,
not yet eligible to receive full retirement benefits,
and employed, seriously considering employment, or working toward employment through school or training.


What can WIPA do for me?
You will work with a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC), who will help you to understand, and plan for, the effect employment may have on your benefits, including:

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cash benefits
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cash benefits
Medicare
Medicaid
Other Health or Disability Insurance
Unemployment Benefits
Veterans Benefits
Housing Subsidies
Food Assistance

Your CWIC will assist you through the development of a Work Incentives Plan so that you can make the best use of the many options available to support your employment goals.


How can I learn more?
By Phone:For general information, or to determine if you qualify for WIPA services, you can contact the Ticket to Work Helpline at 1-866-968-78742, or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

Online:
You can find out more about work incentives, the WIPA program, and explore additional resources at
www.ssa.gov/work/.

Locally:
You can contact the organization providing WIPA services in your county by clicking on the county you live in
here.

This web publication is funded through a Social Security cooperative agreement. Although Social Security reviewed this document for accuracy, it does not constitute an official Social Security communication.

Send mail to cathy.mcrae@arcmi.org with questions or comments about this web site.
Last modified: 12/11/15